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Dorothy Horrell inducted into Colorado 4-H Hall of Fame PDF Print E-mail
Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

Dorothy (Ortner) Horrell was one of two Coloradoans inducted into the Colorado 4-H Hall of Fame at the June 23 banquet of the Colorado 4-H State Conference.

As a young person growing up in Holyoke, Horrell’s life centered around 4-H.

She was extremely active in county and state 4-H events and even represented Colorado at National 4-H Congress in the dairy foods category­—an event which influenced her area of study when she pursued her undergraduate degree.

Horrell was an International 4-H Youth Exchange delegate to Taiwan in 1973, an experience she says changed her life.

When she attended her first State 4-H Conference on the Colorado State University campus, she knew then she wanted to attend CSU.

As a college student, she worked in the State 4-H office and at Camp Tobin during state fair.

The purpose of the Colorado 4-H Hall of Fame is to promote the value of 4-H membership by recognizing notable people in the state who were 4-H members and who attribute their success in life to their 4-H experience.

Horrell notes the organizational, decision-making and teamwork skills she gained in 4-H were central to her success in life.

“My 11 years as a 4-H member were seminal in shaping every aspect of my life, personally and professionally,” said Horrell.

“The most enduring values I hold, the most valuable skills I possess and the highest aspirations I carry were influenced significantly by the experiences I had in and through 4-H.

“There is not a day that goes by I am not grateful for my 4-H experience, especially when it comes to the writing and public speaking skills I learned as a 4-H member and how important those skills were to my success in the leadership positions in which I have served.”

Horrell has excelled in the world of higher education where she served as president of Red Rocks Community College and president of the Colorado Community College system.

She currently sits on the Colorado State University System Board of Governors and serves as president of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation.

The 2010 inaugural group of Colorado 4-H Hall of Fame included 11 members. Joining the group this year, in addition to Horrell, is National Western Stock Show general manager Chuck Sylvester.

Colorado 4-H Hall of Fame will feature a permanent exhibit to be displayed in the hallway of the CSU State 4-H office in Fort Collins and a mobile display that will travel to various promotional events around the state.

Several family members joined Horrell for her induction celebration at the 4-H State Conference in Fort Collins. They included her husband Ted Horrell, mother Theresa Ortner, sister Mary Austin, great-niece Lauren Herman and brother and sister-in-law Tim and Mariane Ortner.

Dorothy (Ortner) Horrell is pictured in the center with family members at her induction into the Colorado 4-H Hall
of Fame June 23. Pictured from left are Mary Austin, Theresa Ortner, Lauren Herman (in front),
Dorothy (Ortner) Horrell, Ted Horrell and Mariane and Tim Ortner.

Holyoke Enterprise July 7, 2011